Naik Receives Innovative Training Award for Expansion of Hematology Fellowship Track

Dr. Rakhi Naik

The Johns Hopkins Hematology Fellowship Track led by Dr. Rakhi Naik, associate professor and associate fellowship program director in the Division of Hematology, has been selected by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) for the ASH Hematology-Focused Fellowship Training Program (HFFTP), an initiative to address the critical need to expand the hematology workforce. The program supports the launch of 10 new hematology-focused fellowship tracks at nine academic institutions across the country to provide critical education, mentorship and research opportunities for fellows interested in pursuing careers in hematology.

The Johns Hopkins Hematology Fellowship Track is one of the longest-standing hematology focused fellowship training programs in the United States, and has served as a model for hematology-focused fellowship training. Since its creation in 2005, it has recruited the best and brightest fellows to pursue their passions in academic hematology.

With the ASH HFFTP award, the Hematology Track will expand its fellowship slots to three per year, and will offer a new Sickle Cell Pathway to provide trainees with comprehensive clinical and research training in sickle cell disease. Pathway fellows will obtain academic training through the internationally-renowned Johns Hopkins Sickle Cell Center for Adults, which has served as a model of sickle cell care throughout the world. This pathway affirms the Johns Hopkins Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship Program’s strong commitment to serving the local Baltimore sickle cell disease community.

This innovative, flexible training will also allow fellows interested in non-malignant hematology disciplines to customize their training by obtaining dual-certification in Transfusion Medicine or Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (for med/peds trained applicants).